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How To Write Travel Articles For Fun and Profit

Updated on October 11, 2013

A Few Words Before We Begin

So, do you think you have what it takes to write a travel article? I can see people shaking their heads right now, especially those who don’t travel, right? WRONG!

I’ll tell you a secret if you promise not to tell anyone who reads those travel magazines: many of the authors of those travel articles have never been to the places that they write about. I know…I know…shocking, right?

No, not shocking…just great writing! If an article writer is so good that they can make you believe they have spent time at faraway places even though they have never left their home, then that is one good article writer.

If you have read me at all in the past then you have read my articles on niche writing and the Ten Second Rule. Allow me to give you a brief summary of both.

Niche writing, in my humble opinion, is crucial in this highly-competitive world of writing. Find a niche and then become an expert in that niche. In the case of travel articles, obviously many people write these, but how many have found an interesting sub-category? We’ll call it a specialty niche. If you can find that, and this article has suggestions, then you are on the road to being published in a travel magazine.

The second point is the Ten Second Rule, which states that you have about ten seconds to gain the attention of your reader and then you will lose them if they do not find something interesting in your article in that time span. Ten seconds! You need a hook! You need to find a way to make that first ten seconds so interesting that your readers can’t wait to see what follows. That is what this article is all about, ten hooks that will make your travel article jump off the page and attack the readers.

Are you ready to rock-n-roll? Let’s do it!

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WEEKEND GETAWAYS

One interesting travel niche you might try is short vacations within a couple hours of a city. Highlight relaxing activities or novelty locations, and you could do this for every major city in the world. Call it “The Weekend Getaway Series,” like Weekend Getaways in New York City, or Weekend Getaways in Topeka, Kansas. That way not only would they appeal to editors of national magazines but also to editors of local magazines as well.

FAMILY TRAVEL

What to do on the next family vacation? This niche should focus as much on the children as the adults, and you could highlight amusement parks, local fairs, parks, etc. Call it Great Family Travel Vacations. Again, you could make a sub-niche, like Great Family Travel Vacations In Los Angeles, or Great Family Travel Vacations In London.

CULINARY TRAVEL

Vacationers love to eat, so why not do a series of articles on local cuisine? You could talk about what the locals eat, give a history of the food, talk about the farmer’s markets in an area and recommend some restaurants to visit. Again, you could do this for every major city in the world without ever leaving your writing studio.

TRAVEL MEMOIR

This is my favorite niche when writing about travel. Through my personal experience I write a memoir about a favorite place of mine. I wrote an article about Mt. Rainier in Washington State called “My Love Affair With Mt. Rainier, and it was extremely well-received. Without ever mentioning a particular activity, I managed to make Mt. Rainier sound like the dream location that it is, and people responded.

Where have you visited in the past that left you with fond memories? Make those fond memories into an article and sell it with a flourish.

DESTINATION GUIDES

This is the most common travel article. In these you point out the interesting places to see in a particular city or region. Think travel guidebook and you will be right on with this niche. Now, to put your own personal stamp on it, try to find places that are not covered by the many articles out there. Look for the unusual…in fact, that could be your niche. “Unusual Sites To See in Manilla.”

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SPECIAL INTEREST TRAVEL GUIDES

Here is the ultimate special niche travel guide. Great places to see for rock hunters. Great places to see for quilt collectors, or great fishing spots in the Rockies. Yes, you are limiting the number of readers by doing this, but you are also cornering the market in one particular area of writing. If there are 50,000 readers interested in great hamburger joints, and you have the only article written about them, then you have a very useful article on your hands.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

There are literally millions out there who are looking for great sites to visit that offer outdoor recreation suggestions. Whether it be fishing, hunting or white-water rafting, there are people who want to know about it.

Pick one aspect of outdoor activities and then become an expert on it. Great flyfishing sites in Sweden…great flyfishing spots in Turkey. Pick a niche and then pound it for all it is worth.

SPECIAL BEST OF ARTICLES

We are seeing more and more of these articles, but that should not discourage you. Ten Great Museums in Fort Worth, Texas. Five Great Restaurants in Buffalo, New York. Again, you are narrowing your readership, but if you consider how many people live in Buffalo you still have a large readership.

ROMANTIC GETAWAYS

This is a bit different from the weekend getaways. This one will concentrate solely on romance. Where would you like to take your lover for a special weekend? What appeals to you when you are thinking of romance? Once you have answered those questions then start researching similar activities and places in other cities.

SPECIAL HOLIDAY TRAVEL SITES

Concentrate on special holidays and then use the holiday to write about different locales. Great Christmas Activities in Denver. Great 4th of July Activities in Philadelphia. There are so many holidays and so many cities and regions to write about. Again, the special niche is the key. Once you have your niche then you can become the only writer concentrating on it. Build your expertise and the readers will come.

Thoughts on travel writing

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Now It Is Time to Begin

You would be amazed by the number of travel writers who do not travel. Why should they? The internet provides all the information they need without ever leaving home. What is required is determination and the ability to use words to portray expertise. Tell yourself you are a travel writer and you will become a travel writer. Let your readers take the trips while you take the payments from regional and local magazines.

Before I forget, pick up a copy of the Writer's Market. In it you will find a complete listing of U.S. magazines and their submission guidelines.

Hopefully these ideas will be enough to set you on the road to a lucrative career as a travel writer. Remember that you control your future as a writer. Open up your imagination and soar as you were meant to do.

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Another hub filled with great advice. Gee, I thought I could tell Larry we have to travel so I can write some travel articles ;) I guess writing about travel is like writing about anything else, learn your subject and write your way!

      I have a feeling you just might have a few travel converts after this great advice!

      Voted up, useful, and very interesting!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, there was a day when I thought all of these writers actually traveled to those exotic places. Turns out it was some guy named George who lives in North Dakota and goes nowhere. LOL

      I hope these help you, Mary. Have a great day and thank you!

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      Vickiw 4 years ago

      I know I must write more about my travels! The most important part is actually getting down to doing it! Great reminder, Bill, and I will try to shake myself up! Very encouraging article, Bill, thanks!

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      Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Love this and may take up writing some of the day trips we even take with the kids this summer. Thanks for the advice!! And hope you are having a great day. Have voted and shared all over!!

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 4 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Hi, Bill!

      Some people are very fortunate to actually travel and write about their wonderful journeys here and there. I think of the prolific travel writer here on HP--bdegiulio.

      But for the majority of us, the secret you've shared opens up all kinds of possibilities. I actually thought that every travel writer DID indeed travel to each and every destination. This revelation certainly speaks to the diligent research these niche writers have done.

      I read your articles and posts on at least two levels. My first agendum is for the pure enjoyment of your liquid and witty writing.

      Secondly, I mine every crumb of writer's tips like a 4th generation Hoover vacuum cleaner! Success begets success, and Mom and Dad didn't raise no dummy. I know a winner when I see one, and I'm simultaneously cheering for and emulating him or her to the finish!

      You, sir, are a definite winner!

      But what I like most about you is that you became one not from having that proverbial silver spoon in your mouth. You're the Everyman that inspires me because you yourself have had such a challenging life, and everything you achieved came with due diligence--hard work, sacrifice, commitment, and a whole lot of perseverance in the face of the temptations to just plain give up. The fact that you've accomplished so much in your lifetime--some of which came at the autumnal season--MOTIVATES THE HECK OUT OF ME!

      The tall grass beckons me to give the lawn its weekly haircut...perhaps my one overt compliance with neighborhood protocol. Truth is, just like with our writing, Bill, we're doing it first of all for ourselves.

      Aloha, brother writer with the golden baseball memories!

      Joe

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Another cool article from Billybuc...

      Travel memoir, that's it. I would like to write about India... Wait a minute, did you say that a large number of travel writers do not travel? Then I should be writing "My Love Affair with Prince Albert in Saskatchewan" then! A catchy title, right?

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Great ideas Billy. I have thought most of the travel writers travelled to write. You have me open my mind. I have lots of travel hubs and I was really there in the places I was writing about. I just can´t write about India when I myself have not seen the place. Well, a great and talented travel writer can write about any places by just using the internet. I just can´t.

      Thanks for sharing. My next hub is about traveling again. I surely apply your ideas. Voted up, useful and pinned.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Thelma Alberts, writing travel articles is much like writing a novel. You should read Billybuc's "Ten Novel Writing Tips", LOL. Go to YouTube, watch 10 videos of the place and presto! You probably know more about the place than if you had gone there personally!

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      I was shaking my head "no" and then you stopped that in the first sentence! LOL My greatest wish is to be able to one day travel the world and see the beautiful sights.

      How very interesting to know such information. I would have never known that those who write travel articles, may not even travel to such places.

      Nothing is impossible these days with the Internet, as we can truly travel and see any place on this planet without leaving our chairs. However, I would love to feel the warmth of the sand between my toes in reality!

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Faith Reaper, Billybuc has just saved us a bomb in traveling expenses. If you love to feel the warmth of the sand between your toes in reality, just go to your own backyard. It's so much cheaper, LOL.

      Faith Reaper, don't just say voted up +++. Go and click up there. Seems like I am the first one to click "Awesome"!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Vicki! I hope this helps. Look for a new way to present the information. :)

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      Sheri Dusseault 4 years ago from Chemainus. BC, Canada

      Bill great article. It is a niche I have been thinking of pursuing. I was sort of thinking at aiming towards the boomer generation. I just bought myself the sweetest gift yesterday..a Canon d60! Yahoo! I really want to take my own picts and with my short time on Hub I have found the better the picts the more traffic. I think that would be doublely true for travel....and just imagine the write offs! Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, you could do a great job of traveling tips with children. Just one more project, right? :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, you've got it. Why write about India when you can choose anywhere in the world? LOL Love the title my friend and thanks for the laugh.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thelma, if you have actually been to the places then all the better. Just look for an interesting hook and I'm sure your articles will be a good one.

      Thank you as always.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I'm laughing but you are very accurate in your statement. The internet has allowed writers the freedom to boldly go where we never dreamed of going before. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, one day we both might actually get to travel. In the meantime, we can write as though we do. :) Who's to know that we never leave our livingroom? LOL Have a great day my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I'm going to hire you as my marketing exec. LOL By the way, I have no sand in my backyard. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheri, hooray for you for buying yourself a gift, and what a great gift. I hope you give these articles a try. There seems to be a great many people out there who can afford to travel...I'm not one of them but there are many out there.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I have to tell you Bill I have not thought of this. And travel is a hot topic..no matter what kind. Great hub on the subject...I am going to reread and think up some ideas. Pinning, sharing and voting up...and Facebooking.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joe, I managed to blush and get tears in my eyes because of your comment. What glowing words of praise and of course, I have a hard time with praise.....don't know why but I do. I'm working on it but some change takes a long time my friend.

      You could become the Walla Walla expert and be printed in the local paper there on a regular basis. Start your own syndicated column....Joe's Walla Walla Inquirer....it may not sell millions but there is a market.

      Thank you my friend. Your kind words have made my day.

      Aloha my friend, and Go Mariners!

      bill

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      Suzette Walker 4 years ago from Taos, NM

      Thanks again for another interesting and engaging article. Your advice and suggestions are so good. Thanks again for sharing!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Interesting. I never thought about writing articles that are pure research and no hands-on experience. But if it can be done in the SEO world, and it is - I've done it - than why not?

      I received my Writer's Market yesterday. It's chock full of information. Thank you so much for recommending it!

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      This is interesting to know. Thank you for sharing that big secret with us. :-) Have a good day my friend!

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Well I didn't realize that people totally faked it:) lol. I really appreciate the tips Bill - and I am taking a couple of fun trips this summer. Turns out I don't really need to go there to write about it! Ha!

      I don't know why I didn't figure that out seriously, Bill, I guess I can be more naive than I thought!

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Interesting secret revealed! I've written a few travel articles which are based on my personal experience, now I know better. Lol! Thanks for the awesome, useful tips.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      CrisSp, the wise man learns from the travels of others, the fool has to travel for himself. From now on, we will have a lot of fake travel articles, thanks to Billybuc! It's going to be tough to determine which is real and which is fake because they'll all look the same.

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      Natasha 4 years ago from Hawaii

      I was thinking about travel memoirs just the other day. I was contemplating what makes a good travel memoir and if I think I have it in me to write one someday.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Carol! I think it is worth looking into my friend. You are a good writer and you could definitely do this.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Suzette. I hope you give this a try my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, the Writer's Market is a must to own. Try submitting some articles to publications...who knows, right?

      Thank you my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dahlia, there is more than enough work to go for all of us. I hope you give this a try and you are successful.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, I don't think most writers think of this, but logically it makes sense. Writers are usually not rich enough to take all of those trips that they write about. At least you have done some traveling, so you are way ahead of most.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cris, it is kind of funny when you think about it, but it is also logical. Good luck to you my friend and thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter....LOL...thanks to billybuc! Love it! A whole new generation of fakes are among us. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Natasha, you definitely have it in you. You are a good writer. You have already shown that with your hubs about Hawaii....give it a try, and thank you for stopping by.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      That's my intent, Bill! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thatta girl, Sha!

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      Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

      I'm getting lazy, but I love to travel. I think I'll be trying some of these ideas soon. Thanks, billybuc.

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      KawikaChann 4 years ago from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place

      Awesome billybuc, another fine article. I especially like the niche of special interests - yes it is the ultimate niche - and weekend getaways and the culinary group. I've also written a few of these articles and have never been.. lol... the internet makes it all too easy. I place myself in an area (any area that I've been to) that is similar, close my eyes, and use my senses to write the article. Thanks for an awesome write! Peace. Kawi.

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      Valleypoet 4 years ago

      Like yourself Bill, I think travel memoir articles are the most interesting and engaging. I also like to find a novel that has its storyline based in the place that I am going to....I have had other people tell me they do this too...so perhaps this is another niche market!!...10 best novels based in Paris/ New York/ London?........thanks Bill for another very informative and inspiring read:-))

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      Anonymous00 4 years ago

      Pretty cool ideas. Nice work.

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      Megh Brandel 4 years ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Loved your ideas. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lela, you can travel in your head and no one will know the difference. :) Thank you for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kawi, that's a great tip on how to write an article like this....well done my friend, and thank you for stopping by.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Valley, that's a great idea for an article....go for it my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anonymous, thank you very much.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Megh...I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Hey Billy, aren't you the funny insightful one. I'm just pondering how I want to tell my travels from around the world and here you go giving me a great hub on how to express myself! Birds of a feather man. I loved this hub as it definitely appealed to something I enjoy more than most things in life, traveling. Any particular favorite place of yours besides the mountain brother? Have a great one, I'm voting up and sharing.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Kasman, you would have saved yourself a fortune, if Billybuc had written this hub earlier. From now onwards, whether you actually travel or not, every travel hub will be treated with great suspicion, LOL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kas, I hope this is helpful for you in the future, buddy. Favorite places? I've only traveled the U.S....love Yellowstone and Vermont....Boston is my favorite city. :) Thanks my friend!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, every travel hub from now on by anyone will be treated with great suspicion.....and I love it!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Lol @walter, thank God I have pictures of myself at these places. How else would I validate myself. And no, my ipad doesn't have photoshop! Hilarious :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Too funny, Kas!

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      Kas 4 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      I still haven't been to Boston, been to several places in New England, but not that. I don't know why. I need to go, but I need more incentive I suppose.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope to get back there some day. First I have to make a ton of money from writing. :) I'm not holding my breath for that day to come. LOL

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      Donna Hilbrandt 4 years ago from Upstate New York

      Great ideas. I have done lots of traveling, but it has been years since I have been to some of the places that I might write about. I suppose I shouldn't hold back since some writers are writing about places they have never been. Summer is coming, so hopefully I will have time to devote to writing again. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Donnah, if you have been to those places then you are way beyond many writers who write about travel. I say go for it!

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      Liz Davis 4 years ago from Hudson, FL

      Bill! This is so cool. I never thought that there were travel writers who wrote about places they've never been. Genius! It's like the George Costanza of journalism.

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I love to write about travel, particularly my own, but I must admit I've done a few articles about places I've never been. These are great tips, as usual.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 4 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      I had a part time in a vacation program and they had so many tricks. They wanted me to lie about places I never visited. I didn't lie. When the clients asked me how was I offering what I haven't seen, the reply was: I cannot go now that is why I am working to be able to travel. I made them know the importance that enjoying the time they had meant, and not mine. Lol, I am not a seller and I do not consider myself a writer. I love to sell and I love to write, as many other things I do without being trained or expertize.

      Ohhh Bill I am sorry I got carry away chatting here.

      I really wanted to say that this is a very good share. I am following your blog now. Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lizzy, a great reference and right on. Logically it makes sense, but few really think about it. :) Thanks Dunedin...always a pleasure.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Deb! There is no reason why we shouldn't cash in on the traveling craze. We may not travel but we can sure write well. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, you can carry away any old time you want on my site. Thank you for your comment. As long as a writer does not say they have been to a place I don't see it as lying. Maybe stretching the truth a bit. LOL

      blessings to you my friend,

      bill

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Kasman, no way to validate yourself cos there's no way anyone can know whether you have Photoshop. By the way, I've just returned from Timbuktu, one of the last places on Earth to retain its old world charm, a quaint li'l town in the West African nation of Mali, some 20 km north of the River Niger on the southern edge of the Sahara Desert.... let me check whether it has an airport.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Well, i guess if you're a good enough writer you can write about anything or anyplace and make it look and sound interesting. Great tips Bill. I'm not too sure i would want to do that but different strokes for different folks. I see absolutely nothing wrong with it...Cheers

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      mr-veg 4 years ago from Colorado United States

      Lovely Advice Bill !! I will surely try them out :)

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. I'm affraid travel is no longer in my cards.

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      An interesting and informative hub on writing about our travels you said it all here for the most special reasons

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Another brilliant hub from yourself. Very interesting that the writers don't actually go to the places a lot of the time!

      Travel memoirs would be the one for me. I can't help myself from going into my personal experience even when I am supposedly writing a factual article.

      Thankyou :)

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Anna Haven, according to me, Billybic is one big conspirator.... ooophhhhs, I mean inspirator, LOL.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Brilliant ideas. The internet is a sea of information that just needs to be churned and it will spout the much needed info. Thanks very much, Sir, for such valuable tips.

      Voted up and awesome, my friend!

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      Rachel Horon 4 years ago from Indiana

      Bill, I would love to write more on travel and not let my empty passport get in the way. Thanks for the ideas about niche writing for travel. Vote up!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      A great hub Billy and as you know I love to explore everywhere and then to publish a hub on the place often including poems.

      I now will add your brainwave to my hubs and maybe to edit and publish on another site also.Your pointers are simple but as is so often we need to be pushed or rather nudged in that direction before we twig on.

      Thank you over and over again Billy my very dear friend.

      Lots of love

      Eddy.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      "When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not; but my faculties are decaying now and soon I shall be so I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this but we all have to do it." -- Mark Twain

      Billybuc, you are hastening my decline into pieces... since reading this hub, I am now confused whether the things that I remember actually did happen, LOL. But this hub is hitting jackpot, judging by the number of comments that it has garnered. I hope you can afford to buy me a cola, if I ever go to Tacoma (assuming you've retired there), LOL. (I know Americans like to say, "Let's go Dutch".)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Great ideas, thank you for sharing with us.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I'll be expecting a hub about Timbuktu from you soon. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, if I were interested in such things I know I could do this...but I'm not. :) Have a great day and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mr.veg, I look forward to your next travel hub. :) Thanks for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Even so, Martin, I appreciate you reading this hub.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you DDE...perhaps a travel hub about Croatia is in the plans???

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, those types of hubs are very interesting and I'll bet you would be good at it. Thank you as always for the visit.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, I think you were correct the first time. :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rajan, it is my pleasure. With the internet anything is possible for a writer. :) Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rachel, I love the comment about the empty passport. Go for it! I'm sure you will do a fine job.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, you are a fine writer and I have no doubt you could do this if you set your mind to it. Best of luck to you my dear friend, and thank you.

      love,

      billy

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, if you ever showed up in Tacoma I would not know if it were real or not. LOL If it is real we can certainly go Dutch. Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Vellur and it's nice to see you again.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, I initially planned to go to Florida to visit a friend. But after you inspired me to write a novel, I may be heading for Rome next year... top secret project, LOL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, if it's a secret, how will we know when it happens? I'm so confused. LOL

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc, I don't know yet when it will happen, so I can't tell you at the moment.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm a patient man, Walter. :)

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      Connie Smith 4 years ago from Southern Tier New York State

      Billy, you know you just amaze me with all your great ideas! Who knew you didn't have to actually travel to write travel articles--DUH! And what a great assortment of categories you have given us. This is one I am definitely bookmarking. With all the great places in my neck of the woods, and I've actually been to a lot of them, I could absolutely do this! Thanks for yet another great niche opportunity my friend ; ) Pearl

      Voted Way Up as always, by the way

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pearl, what a bonus....you've actually been to the places. LOL That puts you in the top five percent of travel writers right out of the gate.

      You are very welcome my friend and thank you for your kind words and continued support.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi billy, I never thought about whether the writers actually go there, I just presumed they did! well I never! fascinating look at how to be a travel writer, I may just give it a go! thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Nell, it's a well-kept secret my friend. LOL Now it's out in the open and available for all of us writers. Good luck with those travel articles, and thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 4 years ago from Hawaii

      Great hub and advice.

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      Linda Crampton 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for yet another useful hub about writing, Bill. The advice in all your hubs is very helpful. You are creating a wonderful collection of articles for writers!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you vkwok!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia! I enjoy writing these hubs knowing they help other writers.

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Great hub and very useful writing tips, billybuc! I'm especially interested in travel writing and although I'm already following most of your advice, I found the article quite helpful.

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      Philip Cooper 4 years ago from Olney

      Nice hub Billy....some interesting ideas.

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      Deonne Anderson 4 years ago from Florence, SC

      I was surprised to learn that travel writers don't always visit the places that they write about. It proves that a good writer can write about anything. I plan to try my hand at doing just such a hub in the near future. Very informative. Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Elias, good for you, and good luck in your endeavors my friend. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you one2get2no....good luck and have a great day.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, it's only logical when you think about it. :) I didn't know until I did a little research on the genre. Good luck when you give it a go. I look forward to reading it.

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Enjoyed reading this hub as well as the rest of your hubs concerned with writing techniques. Many thanks!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mike and thanks for sharing this on Twitter.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Ah . . . one of my passions, travel and travel writing. I as you know am a demon for travel and love it. I want to do more on my own experiences but equally I know what you mean about writing about things you may not have ever seen or experienced and being able to convey you did experience it by doing research and having good writing skills. I plan on doing more travel writing when in Italy permanently as I think it would be an interesting niche not widely covered (southern Italy). Thanks so much for doing this as it is a great resource for ideas and thoughts that we may not have given much time to before. There are a number of great travel writers here and I love reading about new and interesting places all over the world, including Mt Rainier!!

      Great insight as always my friend, keep them coming!! votes and shares heading your way, have a great weekend :-)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Thanks for sharing your expertise and these great tips, Billy - you are always so generous with your time and talent! Travel writing is such a fun way to share adventures and good times. And every time you visit a new place, you see it with different eyes than before.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzie, you already do such a great job in your current niche...I have no doubt that you would do well with a traveling niche as well. Thanks for dropping by and I hope you have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marcy, you make an excellent point....different eyes than before. We each bring a unique viewpoint to anything that we write about. That uniqueness is what we should be tapping into.

      Thanks for a great comment.

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      Tirralan Watkins 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Billy, I'm glad this hub popped up again. I'm taking a family vacation to Palm Springs this weekend, so I think I'll write about it! Your hub showed up at the most opportune time. It was meant to be!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Career, it was, indeed, meant to be. Have a great weekend and I look forward to your new slant on Palm Springs.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      It's getting very esoteric. I'm still wondering whether "It was meant to be" is a complete sentence or an incomplete sentence. Meant to be what? It sounds so tao: "Tao is." I haven't figured out yet what "Tao is" means.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poon the confusion never seems to end, does it? LOL Thank buddy!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

      Billy,

      I have written and published travel articles. Thanks for sharing interesting tips. I will love to try some of your ideas.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Vinaya Ghimire, don't come out with fake travel articles, okay? LOL.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vinaya, you are a very good writer and I'm sure these ideas will help you...find a new niche....a new way to attract others, and you will stand alone in the travel genre.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, enough out of you. LOL You are misleading my followers. :)

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Really great ideas!! Never thought of this niche (with the sub-niches) but it sounds fun. Excellent writing advice here. Thanks as always, Lurana

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Lurana! I always appreciate you stopping by my friend. Have a great Sunday!

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Billybuc is always the good host. If he had not said in his profile that he was a teacher, I would have thought that he was once a Guest Relations Officer of an international hotel chain! Ooophhhhs, did he say he changed jobs 25 times? That must be it!!!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....Walter, I hope I amuse you as much as you amuse me. Thank you for the laugh my friend and have a great week in Malaysia.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      I'm loving your tips hubs that you have done lately. This one is no exception. Makes me want to start writing travel hubs and you are right about the topics. Whenever I read a travel magazine, they always have these sections. Great hub!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks again Glimmer! As long as we can find a unique niche and keep pounding it, we should find success.

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      Poon Poi Ming 4 years ago from Malaysia

      Glimmer, Billybuc is right. Did you notice that the number of comments and thank you notes that he has received is longer than his hub? He's found his niche in teaching people how to write better and he's been pounding ever since.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Walter, thank you my friend. I'm just doing my thing, whatever it might be. :)

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      drbj and sherry 4 years ago from south Florida

      Yes, Bill, you are doing your thing - and doing it very well. Just take another look at all the comments that back up my assertion. More power to ya, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I am blessed by a very loyal group of followers....and you are one of them. Thank you so much....life is good my friend.

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      Bill De Giulio 4 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. I had never considered the fact that many travel writers don't visit the places they write about. Guess I've been living under a rock somewhere. I could never do that, I don't think I'd feel right about trying to tell someone about a place if I had not visited it myself. I'm not sure I could relay in words the passion I had for a place if I didn't actually go there.

      I learned a lot from this hub. I have always considered travel and Italy as niches, but I think you are right in that it goes deeper than that. There are so many sub-niches to even Italy that one could concentrate on. You've given me some good ideas here, the travel food niche, family travel, etc...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, when you find the time this is a genre that was made with you in mind. Find a sub-niche and then do Italy proud my friend. :)

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      Mohan Kumar 3 years ago from UK

      A brilliant guide, Sir Bill, you have nicely summarised the various themes for aspiring travel writers - great tips, well structured, really useful! up/awesome.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doc, it is nice to see you my friend. Thank you for the kind words and the visit. I hope you are well.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Great tips, I've been thinking about this, but never thought of writing from the point of view of the virtual traveller .....but there is no reason why this shouldn't work. Thanks for this useful info.

      My best to you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I think you folks in Europe have a great advantage when it comes to travel articles...there are so many countries close by. Of course, you are on an island. LOL I hope you give this a try. You are a very good writer and you could do it well.

      Blessings to you, Jo, and thank you!

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      Lana Zakinov 2 years ago from California

      Great hub, as always! It'd be kinda weird to write about a place you've never been to as if you have, but I guess that's what the imagination is for :-) Voted up

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Actually, kalinin, for anyone who has ghostwritten articles for websites, this is quite normal. Most of the travel articles you see online are written by writing nerds sitting in their little apartments. :)

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      Lana Zakinov 2 years ago from California

      I wanna be that nerd!! :-P

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...go for it, kalinin!

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      Greensleeves Hubs 2 years ago from Essex, UK

      Useful guide Bill. I like some of the niche travel writing ideas, particularly the special interest suggestions such as culinary trips, and the weekend getaways. (A similar, even more extreme short-visit idea goes along the lines of 'what can I see in a city whilst on an airport stopover of one day?' I've read a few of these on HubPages, and they are always interesting if one has a chance to get away from an airport for a few hours whilst waiting for a transfer flight).

      Intriguing to hear that travel articles are often written by people who haven't even visited the site! I guess that could be done by talented writers if the article was about the history or major sights of a city or country, but what may then be lacking is a feel for the atmosphere of the place, or the little quirky insights into particular localities or customs?

      I write quite a few travel hubs Bill, but when I travel, I have no clear idea in advance what hubs I will subsequently write. It all depends on how each day develops, what interesting and unusual experiences I have, or what photos I manage to get - sometimes I don't write about a venue such as a famous building, simply because I haven't been able to take any good photos, whereas I'll write an article about a much less celebrated site, because I have the photos or local specialist knowledge to accompany it.

      Good advice in your article Bill - travel writing is a wonderful thing to be able to do - what better than to visit a really interesting or beautiful place, and then get paid some money for doing so! :) Alun

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alun, thank you for your thoughts on this, and your kind words. You are quite accurate when you say that travel articles written by someone who hasn't visited the site lacks the feel for the atmosphere, but then so many online writers are not concerned about the feel but only about the keywords.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      This is so useful, Billy. I would love to be a travel writer someday. Sadly, i don't have a car though.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kristen. Let the internet be your car. I have no doubt you could write a great travel article without ever leaving your home.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Billy, if you have any tips on how to do that, please feel free to share. I would love to do that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kristen, I just happen to have written an article about it...check this out....https://hubpages.com/literature/Stay-At-Home-and-W...

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Thanks Billy. I'll check it out tomorrow after church.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sounds good, Kristen. Have a wonderful weekend.

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